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Digital Security

Coordinated inauthenticity, info laundering. Cyber non-aggression pact? Unnamed US agency hacked. Healthcare threats rise.

Facebook yesterday identified and took down three more networks for coordinated inauthentic behavior. All three networks originated in Russia. Facebook says that they targeted a wide range of countries, and that they shared an overarching operational style. They focused, first, on creating fictitious or seemingly independent media entities and personas to engage unwitting individuals to amplify their content and [second] on driving people to other websites that these operations control.” Thus their activities were marked by information-laundering, an increasingly common tactic in influence operations.

Graphika, which assisted Facebook with investigation and assessment, notes that the offending network “clusters” operated across multiple platforms. Despite the operators’ efforts, none of the clusters succeeded in going viral.

Some, but not all, and not even the majority, of the inauthentic activity, was directed against US elections. According to Reuters, Russian President…

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